Everyone in L.A. has complained about the traffic at one point or another. I don’t really get annoyed by freeway traffic anymore because my commute consists of walking from my bedroom to my living room or going to the airport, and I always conveniently time my airport trips to avoid rush hour. However, I do spend a good amount of time driving around Los Angeles and environs and see an awful lot of driving douchebaggery that is quite possibly contributing heavily to this problem. Examples follow!
Example 1: The other day, I was driving in Pasadena, and watched as Driver A (for asshole, natch) cut off Driver B (for blindsided, maybe?) so that A could get in the left turn lane. B’s response was to back up into the traffic coming towards him and cut over two lanes into the right-turn lane. Super!
Example 2: I’m in the far-left turn lane, in my wee car. A young lady in a Ford Extinction or whatever you call the biggest, baddest, gas-guzzlin’-est model of SUV is in the other left-turn lane. When there are two left-turn lanes, there is usually a sign to denote that it is okay to do a u-turn from the far left one, but that you can only turn left from the right-hand one. (I bet you know where this is going.) Guess what the SUV did? A u-turn in a giant SUV. I got out of the way in time, but zoinks. Bonus: She had two kids in carseats in the back. Take your driving and child safety classes from Britney?
The best example, though, is Example 3. I even have a diagram!
Example 3: I’m at one of those big intersections over on the wessside somewhere that finally has a freakin’ left-turn arrow (don’t even get me started on the need for those in most intersections). The arrow finishes, and I’m second in line to turn left. The person in front of me (who I’ll lovingly refer to as Douchebag) gets out into the middle so she can complete her left turn after the traffic passes. I stay back because traffic is heavy and I figure I’ll have to wait till the next light. As the light turns yellow, she is a mere one lane away from completing her turn when a bus in the right lane of oncoming traffic scoots through the intersection. Now, most people, having made it all the way over with just a car-length or so to go, would wait for the bus to pass and complete the turn. But no, not Douchebag! She backed up back into the left-turn lane in front of me. Except that I was in the lane and had a line of cars behind me and couldn’t back up, so she ended up sitting in the crosswalk for an entire light change.
Behold, I have completed this detailed and highly artistic diagram for your perusal.
I’m glad nobody got hurt in any of these incidents, because they’re actually pretty funny. I laughed for a few minutes after Ms. Douchebag backed up, and apparently found it worthy of artistic expression. But my real aim is to get stories from you:
What kinds of driving douchebaggery have you seen recently?